Shouldn’t you be working?

Silvio Lorusso, Sebastian Schmieg - Lifelong Learning

“Shouldn’t you be working?” is the text that StayFocusd, a browser plugin with more than 600,000 users, prompts when your allotted time on social media and other procrastination sites is over.

But why keeping lazy-shaming only on screen?

With the Shouldn’t you be working? sticker, work anxiety will always stick around.

“Printed on transparent background, in a no-frills, operational typeface, Shouldn’t You Be Working? (2016) is a series of stickers to be placed in any leisurely or semi-leisurely environment – from a laptop to a toilet – to act as a perpetual memento of the laboral duties ahead. Named after the text that StayFocusd, a browser plugin with more than 600,000 users, prompts when your allotted time on social media and other procrastination-friendly sites is over, SYBW allows any surface to remind remote workers that they are still tethered to the machine. Of course, though, the line between sarcasm and practical advice is thin here: will you laugh it off or be triggered back into productive mode?” – Nicola Bozzi

Shouldn’t you be working? stickers at the Internet Yami-Ichi Barcelona

Shouldn’t you be working? stickers at the Internet Yami-Ichi Barcelona

Shouldn’t you be working? mirror at PlanD, Zagreb.


Each sticker is ~18cm wide and costs 3,00€.

Shipping costs: 6,00€


If you have one of these stickers and you feel like, please send a picture to s [at] silviolorusso [dot] com.

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Thanks to the Makers Lab of the Hogeschool van Amsterdam for the help.

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